The Parish Priest of Loa Catholic Sub Parish in Arua Diocese together with the Christians organized a fundraiser on 30th october 2022 to give an opportunity to the members of the public to donate money for the construction of a new church at the parish center.
Bishop Sabino who was the main celebrant in the Holy Mass during the fundraise confirmed 401 Children into the Catholic faith, with about 158 of the confirmands from the refugee settlements in the Diocese of Arua.
In his Homily, the Bishop called to the public to generously contribute to building a house for God. "Your contributions are all welcomed, to see to it that we can build a proper house of worship. Don't go away without making any contribution, even the little you have will contribute to this success. Remember the story of the widow in the temple during the temple collection, she had only two coins, but she was not ashamed because of what she had, at the end the Lord raised her that she gave the greatest of all. Whatever you have got, give it generously and with love. So that God can also bless you for what you have done." Said the Bishop
The Bishop urged the newly confirmed to pray for a vocation. "It is a special day for the newly confirmed, because it is the day they embrace the fullness of christian life, pray that the Lord gives you a vocation that you will have in your life so that as mature Christians, you can do good for the church and for the society."
The Bishop praised the missionary groups; Missionaries of Africa and Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa for their contribution at Loa Parish. He also appreciated the catechists and the apostolic movements like the Catholic Women Associations, Catholic Charismatic Renewal, St.Kizito, Catholic Action amongst others while encouraging more christians to join and actively participate in these movements.
In a call for development at the young parish, he urged Christians to embrace the spirit of togetherness and positivity to see to it that the sub parish grows to a full parish.
In his reflection to the readings of the day, the Bishop emphasized on wisdom and humility. "From the book of wisdom, we learn that wisdom helps us to be humble in God's presence. It helps us overcome pride. When we have pride, we cannot see beyond ourselves. We should seek wisdom from God so that we are humble. God is our creator and that should humble us just as children are humble before their parents. And the gospel today presents to us what it means to be humble. It presents to us the story of Zacchaeus. He was a tax collector. The tax collectors as known by people were public sinners , because they were getting more money from the people and keeping a lot in their pocket. Up to today we have these people. Corrupt. Today we learn from Zacchaeus that we can change from our wrongdoings by seeking God and accepting to be with him."